last in my first home. To say I’m excited about the prospect of reuniting with family and friends after such a long time apart – the longest since my relocation to the U.S. in 1994 – would be an understatement. I am looking forward to it immensely.
Before my return to the Great South Land I want to close the book, so to speak, on the winter I will soon be leaving behind. I do so by looking back on this particularly snowy (and unpleasantly icy) season with the latest installment of The Wild Reed’s “Out and About” series.
Yes, I know it’s a bit premature for my friends here in Minnesota who still must endure another several weeks of winter while I fly off to the end of summer in Australia; but, be that as it may, here’s a review of the people, places, and experiences that were most meaningful to me in the American winter of 2022-2023.
Above: My Christmas tree was in my bedroom this past Christmas season.
ficus tree (left), a tree that actually dates back to the late 1980s when it was in the office of the Catholic Pastoral Committee on Sexual Minorities (CPCSM). This was a number of years before my arrival to the U.S. from Australia and my subsequest working for CPCSM and thus my inheriting of this tree in 2003.
St. Paul (2003-2011); with my good friend Tim in two different houses (one and two, right next door to one another) in south Minneapolis by Minnehaha Creek (2012-2016 and 2016-2018); for a brief time on Chicago Ave. just south of the creek with my friend Connie and her cat Charley (December 2018-October 2019); and now here in my current home in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis (2019-present).
. . . And opening his holiday gift from me – a copy of Sonia Choquette’s book, Trust Your Vibes.
Above: My “best mate in the States,” Deandre (left) with our mutual friends (and his new housemates) Margaret and David.
Left: Tyga! . . . Deandre’s animal companion.
Above: Christmas dinner with friends (clockwise fron left) John, Noelle, Jackie, Alicia, Scott, Liana, Amelia, Dee and Phil.
Right: What a handsome crew!
Above: Another lovely Christmastide gathering. I’m pictured with (from left) Chloe, Kathleen, Mary and Joey.
Above: Seeing in 2023 in my attic apartment with friends (from left) Joseph, Kathleen, Calvin, and a sleeping Frodo.
Above: Lunch with my dear friend Joan at the Highland Grill, St. Paul – January 6, 2023.
I traveled to the Minnesota town of Montevideo on the weekend of January 14-15 to join in the celebrations for my friend Elva’s 86th birthday (above). Elva is the mother of my good friend Angie.
Elva was so happy I made the trip from Minneapolis to Montevideo to celebrate her birthday. As was I!
Above and right: With my wonderful work colleagues having a Hawaiian potluck lunch in solidarity with one of our colleagues who was actually holidaying in Hawaii.
I’m honored to be part of Mercy Hospital’s Palliative Care team, a consultative and interdisciplinary team comprised of incredibly competent and caring health care professionals. I’m the interfaith spiritual care provider (or chaplain) on this team, a position I’ve held since the autumn of 2018.
Above: On Saturday, February 25, members of my work team and I enjoyed lunch at the famed Owamni restaurant in Minneapolis.
Above: Dinner with Joan at another great local restaurant, Heather’s in south Minneapolis – February 15, 2023.
Above: Lunch at Pizza Lucé with my friend Brian – Sunday, January 8, 2023.
Above: My moon-gazing hare in the backyard became a blizzard-gazing hare on February 23, 2023. It was soon completely covered over by snow.
Above: The view from my south Minneapolis attic abode of the massive January 4, 2023 winter storm.
Above and right: Home, sweet home! My attic abode and sanctuary in the Seward neighborhood of south Minneapolis, where I’ve lived since October 2019.
Above: Adnan – earlier this morning, February 28, 2023. My saaxiib qurux badan (“beautiful friend” in Somali) recently paid me a great honor by writing the following to me.
I just want to say a sincere “Thank You.” . . . I won’t go into detail what for. Just know I greatly appreciate you and your constant kindness as well as unconditional love! You’re an awesome person.
Thank you, Adnan! I love you too, buddy.
Central Station – Sydney, Australia
Out and About – Spring 2023
Winter 2022-2023 Wild Reed posts of note:
• Honoring the Darkness While Remembering the Light
• Solstice Storm
• Cornel West: “Our Anti-Imperialism Must Be Consistent”
• The Christmas Miracle
• “Our Knowledge of Others Is Always Partial”: Garth Greenwell on the Morality of Fiction
• Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies: Quote of the Day – December 28, 2022
• Marianne Williamson: “We Must Challenge the Entire System”
• In This Time of Liminal Space
• The Light of This New Year’s Day
• Saaxiib Qurux Badan – January 4, 2023
• Progressive Catholic Perspectives on the Legacy of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
• Kahlil Gibran on Self-Knowledge
• After Record-Breaking Snowfall, a Walk Through the Neighborhood
• Phillip Clark on the Magi as Archetypes of “Witchy Faith”
• Remembering and Emulating the Visionary and Radical Martin Luther King Jr.
• University of Antwerp Honors Patrice Lumumba
• For Rita Coolidge, Love Is Everywhere
• Ditching the Crime, Keeping the Sin: Thoughts on the Pope’s Call to Decriminalize Homosexuality
• Taking the High Road
• The Way of Love and Healing
• Reed Brody: Quote of the Day – February 6, 2023
• A Favorite Burt Bacharach Song
• What It Will Take to Abolish the Police
• Kiki Dee and Carmello Luggeri: “A Classy Duo”
• A Vibrant Relationship
• Bernie Sanders: Quote of the Day – February 16, 2023
• Michael Meade on “Slowing Downwards”
• Happy Birthday, Buffy!
• Carnival: “A Necessary Release of Pagan Expression in a Christianized World”
• Pope Francis on Lenten Fasting
• From the Palliative/Spiritual Care Bookshelf
• Kimi Djabaté
• Marianne 2024
• Winter Vignettes
• Carl Anderson: “Still One of the Greatest Interpretations of Judas on Film”
See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
• Out and About – Autumn 2022
• Out and About – Summer 2022
• Out and About – Spring 2022
• Spring . . . Within and Beyond (2022)
• Out and About – Autumn 2021
• Out and About – Summer 2021
• Out and About – Spring 2021
• Out and About – Winter 2020-2021
For previous Out and About series, see: 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020 | 2021 | 2022
Images: Michael J. Bayly.